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Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Financial commitments
Milan 2017

The World Bank considers nutrition investments as a key to human capital development and poverty reduction. Over the next two years (from mid-2017 to mid-2019), at least $1.7 billion in nutrition financing has already been identified for delivery across 30 countries in the IDA18 pipeline. This is a significantly increased commitment and represents strong ownership of this critical agenda by both the World Bank and national governments, since IDA is demand-driven by national governments.

Reported progress

The available data shows that the total nutrition-specific financing for the 2-year period (mid-2017 to mid-2019) was approximately US$2 billion.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress shows that the total nutrition-financing exceeds the target of US$1.7 billion

London 2013

The Bank Group projects that it will nearly triple direct financing for maternal and early childhood nutrition programs in developing countries in 2013-14 to USD $600 million, up from USD $230 million in 2011-12.

Reported progress

FY2017 (mid-2016 to mid-2017)

Nutrition-specific financing: US$765 million

Total nutrition financing: US$1,000 million

FY2018 (mid-2017 to mid-2018)

Nutrition-specific financing: US$1,180 million

Total nutrition financing: US$1,430 million

Under IDA 17, which covered three years (mid-2014 to June 2017), the World Bank Group committed US$1.9 billion in IDA/IBRD resources for nutrition in total. The available data on the nutrition-specific commitment for the latest 2-year period (mid-2017 to mid-2019) shows the total amount of US$2 billion, which is double the 2013-2014 amount of US$1 billion (which had already surpassed the 2013 London commitment of US$600 million).

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved

Non-financial commitments
New commitment - added in 2015

Commit to reviewing every project in the agriculture pipeline as a step toward ramping up activities that improve nutrition outcomes.

Reported progress

2020 reporting: Review of agricultural projects for opportunities to contribute to improved nutrition is carried out throughout each fiscal year. In FY2020, 40 percent of IBRD/IDA agriculture projects were deemed as nutrition sensitive, defined as having at least one activity that: (a) contributes to improving health outcomes for example, through production of diverse, safe, and nutrient-rich food; the application of labor-saving technologies etc.; and (b) is conducted with the explicitly stated purpose of improving nutrition, such as by reducing malnutrition among women and children, improving individual child/woman or household dietary diversity, improving micronutrient intake. List of nutrition-sensitive agriculture (NSA) activities include:

- Biofortification (growing of, research on and introduction of biofortified crops).

- Food fortification (as part of food processing, such as enriched flour milling).

- Explicit reference to the quality and nutritional value of agricultural produce and production.

- Improving marketing opportunities for nutritious food, including nutrition knowledge activities such as nutrition messages in agriculture extension training (e.g. home economics-type training such as food preservation).

- Improved food preservation.

- Improving dietary diversity and consumption (e.g. backyard gardens, keyhole gardens, backyard poultry, horticulture, cultivation of pulses, fish ponds/aquaculture).

- Labor- and time-saving technologies (for women).

- Increasing the year-round availability of nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish, milk, poultry, meat.

- Increasing the year-round availability of staples (emphasis should be on the temporal aspect: year-round availability).

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

Reported progress shows that a review of projects in the agricultural pipeline to improve nutrition continues to take place each fiscal year

London 2013

Increase by more than 50% its technical and analytical support to countries with the greatest prevalence of stunting or underweight children. Add stunting as a new indicator on the World Bank Group’s (WBG’s) Corporate Scorecard.

Reported progress

In addition to the growth of the International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) portfolio for nutrition, key trust fund resources have also been critical to moving the nutrition agenda forward. The US$20m Trust Fund from the Government of Japan was critical to increasing our analytical work to support IDA scale-up for nutrition and surpassing our 2013 commitment, as are the US$155m of innovative financing resources from the Power of Nutrition (across IDA 17 and 18 cycles) co-invested with the IDA portfolio. The US$67 million of nutrition-focused resources invested by the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Trust Fund were also a key component of this effort.

Child stunting is also included as a Tier-1 indicator for the World Bank Corporate Score card.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved